Lu Ning

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Lu Ning
Born (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 23)
Jilin, China[1]
Sport country  China
Professional 2014–2016
Highest ranking 94
Career winnings £11,617[2]
Highest break 134 (2012 International Championship)
Century breaks 7[2]
Best ranking finish Last 16 (2012 China Open)

Lu Ning (Chinese: 魯寧, born 1994 in Jilin) is a former professional snooker player from the People's Republic of China.


Lu's first appearance in a ranking tournament was in the wildcard round of the 2012 World Open, where he defeated 1996 British Open winner Nigel Bond 5–4 in Haikou. He met Mark Selby in the first round and, despite taking the first two frames, Lu lost 3–5.[3] Lu continued to show his talent in the next local ranking tournament, the 2012 China Open. He was awarded a wildcard to compete against Welsh player Jamie Jones, where Lu won 5–3.[4] He produced a tremendous match by knocking out 2005 world snooker champion Shaun Murphy by 5–2, with two centuries.[5] However, in the second round Ali Carter proved to be too tough for the Chinese player, winning 5–1.[6]

In the 2012/2013 season Lu was awarded a place in the wildcard round for five ranking events, losing at this stage in four of them.[7] At the International Championship he beat Barry Pinches 6–5, before losing in the first round 6–4 to Ricky Walden.[7] He played in all three of the new Asian Players Tour Championships, but could not advance beyond the third round in any of them to finish 45th on the Asian Order of Merit.[8]

In July 2013 he became the IBSF Under 21 World Champion, defeating Zhou Yuelong 9–4 in the final.[9] He came through the wildcard round of the Wuxi Classic by beating Adam Duffy 5–3, before losing 5–1 to Matthew Stevens.[10] His Under-21 title earned him a two-year main tour card starting with the 2014/2015 season.[11] He failed to qualify for any ranking events besides the UK Championship and the Welsh Open for which all players on the tour gain automatic entry at the venue stage. Lu lost 6–2 to Stephen Maguire in the first round of the UK and 4–0 to Ricky Walden at the Welsh.[12] He was placed world number 114 after his first season as a professional.[13]

It was a similar story in the 2015/2016 season as Lu only reached the UK Championship and Welsh Open, losing in the first round of both.[14] He was relegated from the tour at the end of the season due to being ranked 101st in the world, well outside of the top 64.[15]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011/
Ranking[16][nb 1] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 3] 114
Ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open A A A LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters A WR WR LQ LQ
International Championship NH 1R A LQ LQ
UK Championship A A A 1R 1R
German Masters A A A LQ LQ
Welsh Open A A A 1R 1R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 4] A DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open 2R WR A LQ LQ
World Championship A A A LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Indian Open Not Held A LQ NH
Wuxi Classic NR WR 1R LQ NH
World Open[nb 5] 1R WR A Not held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament #R withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013)
  5. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)


  1. ^ "Holt Bares Teeth To Escape Zhu". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Lu Ning - Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "2012 Haikou World Open results". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lu Ning 2011/2012". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shaun Murphy loses to Lu Ning in China Open first round". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "2012 China Open results". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Lu Ning 2012/2013". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2012/2013". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "IBSF Snooker Championships U21 - Beijing China 2013 Knockout draw". IBSF. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lu Ning 2013/2014". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lu Ning crowned World Under-21 Champ". IBSF. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lu Ning 2014/2015". Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lu Ning 2015/2016". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Historic Seedings After 2016 World Championship". Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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